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  1. Blown away by those numbers I went looking at my states schools. In the big city the high schools are around 3k kids, in my mid-size city, they are around 1.5k, even in what I think of as small towns (<5k) they are still pretty big at around 400 kids -- but then I found these little tiny towns in the middle of nowhere with <1k people and ~16 kids in HS. I don't doubt a tiny HS probably doesn't offer too much in the way of foreign language -- because how could they? OTOH ~30k town I grew up in has stayed same size and ~same # of students and gone from offering 2 languages( Spanish and French) to offering 5 (Spanish, French, German, ASL, and Mandarin).
  2. You guys are cracking me up with the melting pot references -- the indoctrination of US children apparently spread to world citizens too!
  3. I've loved LOTR since my early teens but never much cared for The Hobbit. Although I usually reread LOTR every few years, I have never included The Hobbit in that reread -- but I did finally reread The Hobbit before the movies came out -- it was amazing how I had forgotten a whole section of the book (everything after Bilbo meets the dragon basically). Not sure I'm up to reading it again right now but hopefully will jump in once y'all get to LOTR. Most of the books I'm reading right now are "new year" type books: Skim re-read Atomic Habits and just started Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg, and listening to How To Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana White. So far that last one is the clear winner in actually getting me to do something 😄 Too early to tell with Tiny Habits -- it starts out well but I'm not sure how he's going to have a whole book on this idea without lots of repetition.
  4. Favorite childhood books -- as an avid re-reader I don't think most of my favorites at the time survived adolescence and so were lost in the Pit of Lost Memories. I do have a number of books that managed to make it through re-reading as adolescent and adult-- tops are probably: The Secret Garden and Swallows and Amazons (I must admit this 2nd one did not survive a "read aloud" to my kids-- it is much more enjoyable when I can skim over all the many sailing descriptions)
  5. Robin, Meant to tell you this in my last post and forgot.... I must admit I downloaded the bingo sheets for myself and older DD last year and then, well.... forgot all about it …. until today when older DD (who let me remind you is dyslexic) and I had a whole long conversation about how she didn't enjoy reading because it was too much work... at the end of which she tacks on "by the way, where did you put my book bingo for 2020?" 2 Bingo sheets are now downloaded and printed 😄
  6. Just wanted to say although I have greatly enjoyed most Lois McMaster Bujold SciFi books, I LOVED the The Curse of Chalion and it's sequel Paladin of Souls. Also LOVE her Penric series in the same universe. For Connie Willis, I have found much more hit or miss, although I did actually love To Say Nothing of the Dog (which led me to read the classic Three Men in a Boat which I also loved). Bellwether is another of my favorites, but I have found many of her books VERY hard to get started (Doomsday Book I'm looking at you multiple times! and Passage I completely gave up on)
  7. We have 3 of those mesh drawers, and I LOVE them -- they are super sturdy. 1 in each kids room and 1 by back door. My older daughter was just asking for another but sadly our Costco is not carrying them now.
  8. I've been trying to finish up some books that have been hanging out on my goodreads "reading" list for FAR too long -so just finished Turid Rugaas Calming Signals for Dogs (which was actually quite short and also very good -- I think it is pure dog owner guilt that kept me from reading it 😫 -- will add that I actually used something from it already and it appeared to work wonderfully for my cat chasing, bark crazy dog). Which is interesting to me because I do NOT have the other type of guilt factor in the link Robin attached and SWB link as well (except maybe in the very last week of the year when I'm only 3 books away from goal LOL). I didn't met my goal in 2018 (2 books a week) and did meet it last year (3 books a week). Even in my last week crunch time, I started a boring (to me) book that was very short -- and then thought NOPE! not struggling through this book just to meet that goal. Looking forward to all the excellent recommendations from the BAW peeps in 2020! ETA my goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/friend/i?feature=friend-invite-url&invite_token=NzVjZDhiMjctMzE0Ni00ZTgwLThhZjAtNGRjZmE5OTU2OGZm
  9. After many months hiatus (well, I've been reading now and then but not posting), wanted to say that I listened to The Goblin Emperor (thanks to MumTo2 I think- I've read it before but never listened) -- it was good but I'm glad I read it first. There were def a couple spots where if I were reading it, I would have gone back and tried to find the earlier reference to something brought up and the names were MUCH more confusing listening than reading. Anyway I still love it 😄
  10. What the other kids can or can't do is irrelevant IMO. If you need it done on your time schedule (as you have stated several times) then for this child you need to wake her up and check on her. I also am one that struggled with getting up in the morning -- no matter what time I went to bed. I was a total zombie in the morning into my 30's and getting up earlier was far worse for me (although I'm sure it appeared from outside that I was just dawdling around -- from inside I was still mostly asleep!) Thankfully my Dad woke me up every morning in high school. On my own I just struggled (could sleep through walking across the room to turn the alarm off and just desperately threw clothes on and ran out the door many, many times) -- and fwiw nothing that happened every day no matter how urgent (and chores would never have made my urgent list) could maintain a high drive to get up (i.e for special occasions I could do it -- but not every day).
  11. I think which dry shampoo works depends on hair type. I have thick fine hair and the first (expensive) brands I tried were a total bust -- but the cheapo brands I've tried work well (Suave and some other one I can't remember).
  12. Not mumto2 but I love the walking stick -- it doesn't feel creepy to me at all (although... I should LISTEN to the books and see if I maintain that view 😄 ) spoiler in whilte: I was soooo sad when she ended the walking stick! I guess it says something about the author when you end up mourning a mostly inanimate object For Psy-Changlings -- must admit I do not love this series. I like it enough to have read a bunch of them though. But... reading the next one --to me - not near the latest (Tangle of Need), and I just feel mostly 'eh' so far. Not sure what it is though that i don't care for (and its not just this one either, was feeling that way through the last couple I've read)
  13. Finished Wild Country by Anne Bishop I have to say -- I put this on hold in all available forms at the library (this is my current habit for any book i strongly desire to read) , and what showed up first was the Audio version. This is the first time that has happened for a fiction book (it has happened a lot for non-fiction books though). And it this case I feel like listening instead of reading affected my enjoyment of the book. It seems to me that my rating of the book was affected by 1) not being able to go back easily to revisit what just happened and 2) I had just finished listening to the 'Sweep" books by Ilona Andrews. The style of writing and the narrator is SOO different between these books. I found the Ilona Andrews books far more enjoyable to listen to I must admit -- and I think that affected my enjoyment of Wild Country. And one thing that was definitely missing was that feeling of getting lost in the book that I usually get while reading -- I will have to reread the book when the print version arrives and see if that makes a difference.
  14. Read Among Others by Jo Walton, which was compared to The Goblin Emperor in one of Tor's links this month (https://www.tor.com/2019/02/27/how-jo-waltons-among-others-and-katherine-addisons-the-goblin-emperor-tell-stories-of-trauma-and-recovery/) -- Don't really agree with Ms Schnelbach 🙂 Among Others does have a LOT of references to old sci fi books many of which I read in my own teenage years (70's ish - -not the super old stuff), which is about the only thing that kept me going in the book. Otherwise it felt quite slow and I didn't care for the end, whereas I LOvED the Goblin Emperor. Finished listening to Clean Sweep (ilona Andrews) -- I've been listening to more audio books lately and it's funny how some of them I do not like to listen to at all even though I love the book -- this one was very enjoyable though and I"ve started into Sweep in Peace now.
  15. Blowing through The Others series this week, currently on #4 "Marked in Flesh". It's funny that I am enjoying them so much because every time the first book, Written in Red, came up on my radar the last few years, I would read the blurb and think "meh" It was only when the series was talked up here recently that I finally decided to give it a try anyway 👍 So thanks to BAW for once again giving me more enjoyable books to read 😄
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